Black Eyed Peas embroiled in new rip-off scandal
The year was 2013, and Will.i.am was slated to release his fourth studio album, #willpower. However, something about one of the LP’s first singles, “Let’s Go” seemed eerily familiar to dance fans. This is because its opening sequence was that of the iconic Mat Zo and Arty collaboration “Rebound,” on Anjunabeats — which had not been officially sanctioned for use. Fallout from the incident due to rabid reactions from dedicated fans was so nuclear, that the singer ceased its promotion and even made it invisible on YouTube.
It appears that old habits die hard. Following accusations of video theft from Erykah Badu in 2015, Will.i.am has once more been pointed at for stealing intellectual property. He wasn’t alone this time, as the song in question, “Constant,” was put out by the entirety of his band, Black Eyed Peas. Famed German label R&S took to Twitter to air their concern, pointing out the new track’s uncanny similarity to their artist Lone’s 2013 “Airglow Fires.” In an era where sampling is becoming increasingly overlapped and an influx of smaller producers are claiming their work stolen, we wouldn’t be surprised if the track was actually ripped-off, given Will.i.am’s infamous track record.
“I was actually made aware of the tune a few weeks back when my manager sent me a link to the video. Needless to say it put me off my breakfast… I mean, you’ve gotta laugh really, but that’s a total rip- off, no question,” advised Lone in a statement to Resident Advisor. Time will tell how this new controversy will end.
— R&S Records (@randsrecords) October 2, 2018
H/T: Resident Advisor
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